Originally Posted by PETSNEGGS
so beautiful. how do you stretch the metal like that? do you have to use only sterling silver? Oh is that a spring in the back of the one to get it on and off with? Sorry to be filled with all kinds of questions but, you have got my curiousity UP big time! they are all so pretty.
Yes the fork bracelet has a spring back to get on and off, how that's done I have no idea. You might do a google search and find something online for "how to". The thines of the fork are hammered flat and then worked (bent) to design. If you plan on trying this you don't have to invest in a "chasing hammer" (silversmith's tool), a regular flat head hammer will do. You'll need to cover the head with something (leather is often used) so as not to scratch/dent/damage whatever your working on.
I don't think your silverware has to be sterling to make these. But, it's easier to work with then stainless steel, plus has a higher selling price. With stainless steel you may have to apply heat (a torch) to make it bendable.
If your really serious about getting in to doing this, check your local library for books on silversmithing. If your in an area that has a college, you could check to see if they offer classes in silversmithing (Art Dept) as well. Also, if you have a bead store around,check with them, they often have silversmithing classes given at the store.
The spoon braceletes are much easier, all you need is a hammer and something round ( I use an old rolling pin) to form the curve with. Drill holes for your jumprings and your good to go.
Hope that helps some with your questions.